A week after vanquishing Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in a meeting of high school superpowers, Booker T. Washington found itself in a strange battle with Monsignor Pace Friday night at Curtis Park.
Oh, the Tornadoes (2-0) won as expected, 28-6, but maybe not the way they expected.
Certainly not the way many fans expected, given the grumbling at the halftime 21-6 score.
At that point, the difference in the game was Jaquan Beaver’s extra point block after Pace’s Divaad Wilson rumbled 83 yards on the Spartans’ first play; and two Marcus Barthell touchdowns after a partially blocked Pace punt and a 0-yard punt after a high snap.
Barthell ran for 90 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. Beaver scored the only second half touchdown when he picked off a screen pass and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.
The game was delayed 20 minutes when half the lights went out with 11:44 left in the fourth quarter.